Stabil Drill Delivers Pipe: Louisiana to North Sea in Less Than 6 Days

Stabil Drill recently delivered an urgent order for nearly 28 tons of specialized pipe to a troubled drill site more than 4,700 miles away—in less than six days.

An ExxonMobil subsidiary, Esso Exploration and Production Norway AS, is the owner and operator of the Ringhorne production platform in the North Sea offshore Norway. Esso experienced drilling problems related to a highly deviated well and required hole cleaning and torque reduction in the 17-½" well section.

"Stabil Drill mobilized 30 joints of 6-⅝" OD (outside diameter) Hydroclean™ drill pipe from our inventory to Amsterdam via air freight—with a total weight of more than 55,000 pounds," explained International Manager Ashley Lane.

Truck drivers working in tandem then transported the pipe to the port city of Stavanger, Norway, where it was loaded on a ship bound for the drill site.

"I'm very pleased with our crew's harmonized effort on two continents, which resulted in our pipe being in service in the North Sea less than six days after ExxonMobil first contacted us in Lafayette," Lane said.

Hydroclean is specifically designed to reduce or eliminate cuttings and torque problems associated with non-conventional or extended reach wells.

"This achievement demonstrates our commitment to our customers around the world, regardless of where they are operating," said Stabil Drill CEO Sammy Russo.

Esso began producing from Ringhorne in February 2003. The Ringhorne project, situated 110 miles southwest of Stavanger in North Sea blocks 25/8, 25/10 and 25/11, involves drilling up to 24 wells by 2006 in 420 feet of water. Peak production is estimated to be more than 80,000 barrels of oil and 28 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

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